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Call and celebrate it as Teacher's Day or Gurutsav, teachers have no problem
To mark Teacher's Day on September 5, Union Human Resource and Development ministry announced an essay writing competition titled 'Gurutsav-2014' for school students across the nation. This announcement made political parties from South India apprehensive that the BJP-led government is planning to rename Teacher's Day as Gurutsav.

M. Karunanidhi-led DMK and BJP allies at the Centre PMK and MDMK slammed the government out of this fear. Karunanidhi, according to a media report, went to the extent of saying that the BJP government was plotting to destroy Tamil language and culture by celebrating Teacher's Day as Gurutsva.

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After seeing the protest, HRD minister Smriti Irani clarified that the government has no intention of renaming Teacher's Day as Gurutsav and Gurutsav-2014 is just an essay competition.

In north India Teacher's Day is also known and celebrated as 'Shikshak Divas', which is a Hindi word. At schools in other parts of the country where Hindi is taught, it believed that students and teachers must be knowing about Shikshak Divas.

Even after the government's clarification on Gurutsav, we reached out to few teachers belonging to different parts of the country and asked them if they have any problem if Teacher's Day is renamed or celebrated as Gurutsav.

Here's what they have to say.

Anuradha Sivaram, Teacher at a private school in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Guru Utsav is just the translation of Hindi. As a teacher I feel it's good enough to call it as 'Guru Utsav' which in English is almost a synonym to Teacher's Day. As Hindi is our national language we can call it as 'Guru Utsav'.

Teaching is one of the noble professions where you are educating the nation. Every year children choose there careers and move on but they never forget the teacher or guru who first taught them alphabets. Still after many years they remember their teachers. As India is a country of vast languages but the common word guru is used in all the languages. And it's a festival where the children remembers their teachers. So the word Guru Utsav gives a feeling that teachers are given high priority in every ones life.

Rajni Luthra, Teacher at Sant Nischal Singh Public School Yamunanagar, Haryana

Guru gives you an Indian touch and it co-relates you to gurukul (Indian temple of knowledge). Since, PM Narendra Modi is face of an pro-Hindutva political party, in this context the Hinduism guru is important word than teacher or a mentor and it is ethical too. No matter what the day is called but enthusiasm related to that day is more important.

Nisha, Teacher at Sarvodya Co-Ed Vidyalaya, Vasant Vihar, Delhi

For me there is no difference between the term Teachers' Day or Guru Utsav. This year also we will celebrate Teacher's day with same respect, zeal and enthusiasm as we were consecutively doing since many years. Changing name doesn't change the importance of this day. But yes, people has made a political issue out of it. We heard that PM Modi is going to address teacher and students. Though it is a very good initiative as everybody support his vision toward the nation but change in old norm of celebration won't be that much mirthful for teachers and students. On this day students dress up like their favorite teachers and they act in the same manner. But now PM's speech on this day, I think somewhere it will redeem the 'enjoyment' level of the students.

Sudha, a teacher at Government school, Bihar

Earlier people used to call the same day as 'Guru Ka Din' but with modernization of society it had become Teachers' Day. I think there is nothing wrong if it is renamed as Guru Divas as importance of the day remains the same. So, for me either its Teacher's day or Guru Divas, it doesn't make any difference.

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